Communicating a Family Emergency to Your Deployed Marine

Notifying your Marine of an emergency is best done through the American Red Cross.
Communicating a Family Emergency to Your Deployed Marine
Posted on 10/14/2000

Things are different in the military. If your family has an emergency, how do you let your recruit or deployed Marine know about it? While we all hope that we don't need to know, it's better to be prepared and understand the next steps for notifying your loved one who is serving our country. This article is an essential read to gain that understanding no matter where your recruit or Marine are in their journey.

If you have a family emergency during your Marine's deployment and feel you need to contact the Marine, your best action is to contact the American Red Cross. Please be aware that contact from the Red Cross will alert your Marine to a serious condition at home. The Red Cross has guidelines they must follow for qualifying emergency notification to your Marine. The Red Cross can be contacted for birth announcements of a Marine's new baby.

It may be possible for you to deliver unexpected news to your Marine without alerting the Red Cross. However, if you feel the situation warrants emergency contact, contact the Red Cross. They'll let you know whether the emergency fits into the guidelines and assist you further.

Toll Free for Military Family Assistance: 1-877-272-7337

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